I am a lover of all things small and adorable. Baby penguins are my favorite animals, chibi art is (in my opinion) the cutest art, Tiny Kitchen is the most mesmerizing Instagram account I follow, Baby Yoda is the real reason I watch The Mandalorian...and I collect FunkoPOPs.
Okay, maybe “collect” is too mild a word. These chibi-style representations of my favorite fictional characters are truly the delight of my eyes!
Sif (of Thor fame) was the first Funko I ever bought all the way back in…oh, probably 2014? I’ve been adding to my collection ever since. The most expensive one I ever bought was my little Clara Oswald–but only because she was a collector’s item by the time I got into Doctor Who.
I bought my Rey and BB-8 as soon as I saw The Force Awakens, but then I got into Star Trek (as you can see from the left side of my desk). As a result, my Star Wars Funkos have been very outnumbered…UNTIL NOW.
A couple of weeks ago, while my sister Anna was at our local Barnes & Noble, she found their entire Funko selection on sale: two for $10! She quickly texted me, asking if I wanted a couple. I hadn’t bought any Funkos in a while–not since I found Doctor Who‘s Missy, AKA the only (former) villain I once swore I’d ever get in Funko form–but I don’t just pass up a deal like that!
And lo and behold…Barnes & Noble had Poe Dameron and Finn in his First Order disguise.
LOOK. HOW. STINKIN’. CUTE. Poe’s 5 o’clock shadow! Finn’s determined little face! The teeny-tiny details!!
BB-8 was so happy to see his daddy.
But then Rey had to make an announcement, because…the more I thought about it, the more I realized my Pocket-Sized Rebel Family still wasn’t quite complete. She had to inform them there’d be one more addition arriving soon–and she wrangled out of them a promise that they’d be very nice to this incoming friend.
They were, needless to say, a bit taken aback when he arrived.
Missy is sulking. She thought she was unique; she thought she was the only (former) villain who’d ever grace the Writing Nook!!! Poor Missy. She underestimated the power of the Bendemption (as did I).
In my defense, I had been muttering to myself earlier in the year about how the only way I’d get a Kylo Ren would be if 1) he was maskless, and 2) I could paint his red lightsaber blue. After all, it’s become apparent that Disney and Funko aren’t going to give me a Ben Solo figure outright. If I wanted him, I’d have to claim him for myself.
Did I hold my breath the entire time I did this? Pretty much. I’ve never painted a FunkoPOP before.
But Ben Solo is worth it.
IT TURNED OUT EVEN BETTER THAN I EXPECTED! The whole figure just looks brighter. And while I’m not brave enough (and don’t have any flesh-colored paint, anyway) to repair the scar, I can argue that in a
perfect world where Ben didn’t die, and where he and Rey would build their own lightsabers together, he’d totally include a cross-guard on his new blade. He is Anakin Skywalker’s nerdy grandson, after all. Most of what he does is purely for Drama and Aesthetic. The cross-guard will stay; it’ll just be blue now.
Rey, meanwhile, is a very, very happy girl: “Got my Falcon, got my boys…my work here is done!”
Poe, scoffing: “Uh, we are not her boys.”
Ben, firmly: “Yes, we are.”
Finn, cheerfully: “Yes, we are!”
BB-8: (*bloop beep!*)
Just as a heads-up, dear readers, I will not be here next Monday. Got some adventures comin’ up that will prevent me from putting a post together, but I will be back on September 28! I have several excellent posts lined up all through October…so stay safe, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter (if you haven’t already), and have a great week!